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The Danbury Department of Elderly Services will be applying for a $40,000 grant to continue being able to employ staff to coordinate programs and services.  Director of Elderly Services Susan Tomanio says they are applying to the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation.  She says the majority of the work is to help seniors understand the differences between Medicare A,B, C and D--which is prescription drug coverage, and Medigap plans.  The department does a lot of one-on-one counseling, as well as outreach for that.  They were able to save seniors 8-thousand dollars during the recent enrollment period.  Staff also does outreach at the different housing buildings about the rent rebate program.  The department is also starting new initiatives, including a poetry society.

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